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This is why, now and then, we reinvent the wheel

Flashback to the 1980s, when this Cobol programmer has a new job -- and his first assignment is whipping up a new report for a major application. What he doesn't know is hoe he's expected to do it.

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One-in-five developers now works on IoT projects

Evans Data Corp., which provides research and intelligence for the software development industry, estimated that 19% of developers worldwide are now doing IoT-related work

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Review: combines mobile app builder with back-end services

The online mobile development platform crosses categories, but support for native apps and offline operation is lacking

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New Aurelia framework wants piece of JavaScript riches

In its debut, the Aurelia modular framework enables customization and accommodates the latest ECMAScript technologies

Linus Torvalds diversity gaffe brings out the best (and worst) of the open source world

Comments by Linus Torvalds have prompted a new debate on the role of meritocracy, diversity and inclusiveness in the open-source community.

Microsoft to acquire R language powerhouse Revolution Analytics

Microsoft is acquiring Revolution Analytics, a major commercial distributor of the R statistical programming language.

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No need to boost H-1Bs, says GOP Senate immigration head... Wait. WHAT?

What bizarre, parallel universe is this? Jeff Sessions is now the chair of the Senate subcommittee on Immigration. But he doesn't exactly see eye-to-eye with his Republican colleagues about tech-worker H-1B visas. In IT Blogwatch,...

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Microsoft rolls out TypeScript 1.4

The latest version of Microsoft's JavaScript alternative includes support for ECMAscript 6

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DuoCode lets you compile C# to JavaScript

Using Microsoft Roslyn and Visual Studio, dev shops with C# assets can compile apps to run in the browser with no extra coding

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BlackBerry wants to require app developers to make apps for its platform

BlackBerry CEO John Chen wants net neutrality to extend to content and applications, so that developers of apps for Android and iOS will have to develop on the BlackBerry platform.

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Review: IBM Bluemix bulks up Cloud Foundry

IBM's full-featured PaaS wows with Watson and an amazing array of services, but many are not yet ready for prime time.

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Next up for Microsoft: Close the app gap

While eyes will be on Microsoft today as it touts Windows 10 for consumers, the company's Build developer conference in three months will be just as important to the upgrade's future.

Yeah, we've had years that felt like that too

Consultant pilot fish has written a relatively simple program for this accounting system to roll up costs by months and years. So why is it taking so long to run -- and generating so many journal entries?

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Java will focus on modularity, real-time apps in 2015

Modular Java, due in Java 9, makes for a sleeker footprint, while Safety-Critical Java targets secure real-time systems

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TypeScript is industrial-strength JavaScript

Like it or not, JavaScript is the language of the Web, but it's tough to manage for enterprise-scale development. TypeScript offers an attractive alternative

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14 nightmare clients — and how to defang them

Here’s how to identify and neutralize beastly client behavior before it gets the best of your project

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PHP vs. Node.js: An epic battle for developer mind-share

Here's how the old guard and upstart darling of the server-side Web stack up against each other

Why "over-engineered" is NOT a dirty word

Inventory time is coming around, and this pilot fish is assigned to write a program to do a parts explosion -- but the specs sound just a little questionable to this programmer pilot fish.

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